Wikileaks statement is, posted Sunday June 23, at 17:50 BST, says:
Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of a global surveillance regime conducted by US and UK intelligence agencies, has left Hong Kong legally. He is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.Ecuador has not approved Snowden's request for asylum, as yet. However, the country previously approved Wikileaks' chief Julian Assange's request for asylum -- he is currently ensconced in the London Ecuadorian Embassy -- so it's widely believed they will approve Snowden's request.
Mr Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives in Ecuador his request will be formally processed.
Former Spanish Judge Mr Baltasar Garzon, legal director of Wikileaks and lawyer for Julian Assange has made the following statement:
"The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr Snowden’s rights and protecting him as a person. What is being done to Mr Snowden and to Mr Julian Assange -- for making or facilitating disclosures in the public interest -- is an assault against the people".
Snowden leaked details of both the NSA's PRISM data snooping program and its phone program. When the stories were published by their respective news sites (Washington Post and The Guardian), Snowden was said to be in Hong Kong. He then reportedly traveled to Moscow, from where he was expected to take a flight to Cuba.
As he was not on that flight, it's currently unclear where he is, with perhaps only Wikileaks knowing for certain.